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Why now is the time to join Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin

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What to expect from Tesla’s big electric truck reveal

Tesla is set to take the lid off of its electric truck tomorrow for the first time, after months of teasing the big rig. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is still doing some teasing of his own, posting a short video clip of the truck all draped in shadow to his Instagram account – but we’re still going to learn a lot tomorrow. Here’s a quick breakdown of what we know, what we think we know, and what gaps we hope Tesla will fill at its big unveiling. A T...
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N26 adds Apple Pay support in France, Spain, Italy and Finland

Fintech startup N26 just launched Apple Pay support in European countries where Apple already launched Apple Pay. Starting today, you can now add your N26 card to the Wallet app if you live in Spain, Italy and Finland. The feature has been live in France for a few weeks already . If you live in one of those countries and have an N26 card, open the Wallet app on your iOS device. Tap the plus sign in the top right corner. You can then scan or...
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Uber confirms SoftBank has agreed to invest billions

The paperwork’s done! The long-anticipated SoftBank Group investment into Uber has been agreed upon, a spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch. We’ve been provided the following statement. “We’ve entered into an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer on a potential investment. We believe this agreement is a strong vote of confidence in Uber’s long-term potential. Upon closing, it will help fuel our investments in technology a...
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Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record once again as sales cross $25 billion

Alibaba has set another Single’s Day record after the e-commerce giant sold over $25 billion of product on the Chinese biggest online shopping date. The full number comes in at 163.8 billion RMB, that’s roughly $25.4 billion, in GMV — that’s “gross merchandise volume” which is used to measure a dollar value for all sales on a platform. In Alibaba’s case, that predominantly means its Taobao marketplace and Tmall brand store although it does ...
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ESPN’s new streaming service will launch in the spring and be called “ESPN Plus”

Today on Disney’s Q3 earnings call CEO Bob Iger gave a preview of ESPN’s upcoming direct to consumer streaming service. The announcement comes after another disappointing quarter for ESPN, with decreased ad revenue and higher programing costs compared to the prior year. The service will be called ESPN Plus, and live inside a new app that will be launched by the sports broadcasting network in spring 2018 – much earlier than  Disney’s more ge...
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Are flying cars the future of transportation or an inflated expectation?

It seems like flying-car startups are finally taking over the “140-character” kinds of tech companies we are used to. With EU-based startup  Lilium working on an all-electric autonomous flying taxi, garnering a $90 million Series B led by Tencent and supported by a number of well-known VCs (including Atomico), it’s clear that flying cars are transitioning from a fascinating concept to a quite-mature technology and promising investment thesi...
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Shape Security introduces tool to blunt impact of stolen password caches

Shape Security is a company you may never heard of, yet it’s been around for five years and its founders include former Googlersand DoD officials. Their products provide the primary line of defense for applications at some of the top companies the world and they’ve raised $106 M. Today, the company released Blackfish , a product that could help blunt the impact of stolen password caches from massive breaches like Yahoo (the mother of all br...
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Covert influence is the new money laundering

Cortney Weinbaum Contributor Cortney Weinbaum is a national security researcher with the Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and a former intelligence officer in the U.S. intelligence community. Google is the most recent company known to have discovered evidence of Russian covert influence on  its books . As more media companies realize Russia bought advertising space or promoted news stories ...
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Amazon to add second Vancouver office and 1,000 more jobs by 2020

While Amazon has yet to reveal where in North America its second headquarters will be, the Seattle headquartered ecommerce behemoth has got Canadians excited by announcing it’s opening a second corporate office in Vancouver — and planning to double its staff headcount in the city, adding 1,000 additional jobs by 2020. Reuters suggests the move is in response to the US tightening immigration conditions — noting that Canada launched a fast-tr...
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